Wes Welker, Broncos agree to two-year deal


The Denver Broncos have found a new target for Peyton Manning, agreeing to a two-year deal with Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker.


Broncos boss John Elway announced the move through his Twitter account on Wednesday. Said Elway: “Excited to have Wes join the Broncos. His production & toughness will be a great asset!”

Welker is the premier slot receiver in the league, catching 118 passes for 1,354 yards and six TDs last season. He’s developed quite a rapport with Tom Brady during his time with the Patriots. The Broncos are banking the same kind of relationship can develop between Manning and Welker.

Earlier in the day, Denver agreed to terms with free agent linebacker Stewart Bradley, who played last season for Arizona.

FALCONS: Longtime starting center Todd McClure is retiring. He spent 13 seasons and played 197 games for the Falcons.

“It’s going to be different not putting on cleats, the shoulders pads and going out there on the field, but it’s something that I’m looking forward to,” McClure told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. “I’ve got four kids and my wife, it’s time to move on to the next chapter.”

Peter Konz, a second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, is expected to take over the starting job.

LIONS: Signed running back Reggie Bush.

Bush rushed for 986 yards for Miami last season after a 1,086-yard output for the Dolphins in 2011.

CARDINALS: Reached agreement on a one-year contract with free agent running back Rashard Mendenhall.

Mendenhall played four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where his offensive coordinator for much of that time was new Arizona head coach Bruce Arians.

The Cardinals also signed quarterback Drew Stanton, cornerback Jerraud Powers, safety Yeremiah Bell and cornerback Lorenzo Alexander.

CHIEFS: Announced a deal with former Falcons and South Carolina Gamecocks cornerback Dunta Robinson. He was cut by Atlanta in February.

They also agreed to a contract with former Colts wide receiver Donnie Avery.

JAGUARS: Released receiver Laurent Robinson, who missed considerable time last season with concussions.

RAVENS: Safety Bernard Pollard was released, the latest move driven by the Super Bowl champion’s off-season salary cap purge.

BUCCANEERS: A person with knowledge of the contract says free agent safety Dashon Goldson has agreed to a $41.25 million, five-year deal with the team.

Goldson spent the past two seasons with the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.

TITANS: Agreed to a deal with running back Shonn Greene, who spent his first four seasons with the New York Jets, has rushed for 3,423 yards and 18 touchdowns on 822 carries.